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That bad luck jinx would return to haunt Jamie and Adam at Magny-Cours three weeks later - at 12 hours and 4,000km in length one of the showpiece events on the VdeV calendar.
It is, however, a circuit Jamie already knows well having tested there in a Lister Storm three years back, and with the magic touch of expefor Hughes in midfield rienced engineer Alan Mugg-lestone to help the team along, he is bidding to end the season in style before possibly embarking on a British VdeV assault in 2008.
That would not improve any in the following round at the legendary Spa-Francochamps circuit in Belgium, one of the blue-riband events on the VdeV calendar.
On the back of a successful test session which he believed had cured the teething troubles that had blighted his maiden outing in the pan-European VdeV Championship, the Leamington ace headed to Val de Vienne in France for round two - only for his Spirit Racing-backed two-litre Norma prototype to be afflicted by gearbox and engine woes and an unplanned trip through the gravel trap for brother Adam during the race that led to an early bath for the duo.
The Leamington ace spent much of last year on the sidelines, but a return to fulltime competition has seen him enter the pan-European VdeV Championship, and it is a challenge he is clearly relishing.
VdeV offers small, two-litre prototypes with good performance and downforce, good tracks in France, Spain and Belgium and costs far less money.
Warwickshire sportscar ace Jamie Derbyshire wasn't quite as fortunate in his season-opener in the European VdeV championship, as gearbox woes and an engine misfire contrived to dash his hopes in Jarama.
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